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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: Todos Santos Writers Workshop
State: Baja California Sur, Mexico
Registration Due: First come, first serve basis
Conf. Dates:1/26/2015 - 1/31/2015
Info:Join us in our "Pueblo Magico" by the sea for a 5-day intensive workshop for writers at all levels interested in Fiction, Non-fiction, and Memoir. Faculty: Gordon Chaplin (memoirist/novelist), Jeanne McCulloch (editor), Rex Weiner (journalist), plus afternoon seminars with guest novelist Jonathan Penner, literary agent Meg Thompson, Baja poet Edmundo Lizardi, UC Irvine Prof of Spanish & Portuguese Viviane Mahieux, and Donald Cosentino, UCLA Professor Emeritus of World Arts and Cultures, on “Tricksters, Heroes and Trickster/Heroes.” One-on-one mentoring options. Boutique hotel discounts available. More info and application:
URL: Todos Santos Writers Workshop

Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:11/4/2014 - 12/1/2015
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: UCLA Extension Writers' Program
State: California
Registration Due: 2/5/15
Conf. Dates:2/6/2015 - 2/9/2015
Info:Students focus on their writing during four intensive days of instruction. Choose one of 10 writing workshops in long and short fiction, writing for young adults, feature film writing, and television writing, and work closely with a professional writer in classes limited to 15 students.
URL: UCLA Extension Writers' Program

Title: 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference
State: California
Registration Due: 2/12/2015
Conf. Dates:2/12/2015 - 2/15/2015
Info:Major names in publishing (authors, literary agents, editors and publishers) attend the SFWC and take personal interest in the authors and projects discovered there. The 100+ presenters this year will include John Lescroart, Yiyun Li, Vikram Chandra, Michelle Richmond, Kirk Russell, Tina Folsom, and Judith Curr (president/publisher Atria/S&S).
URL: 2015 San Francisco Writers Conference

Title: Southern California Writers' Conference
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/13/2015 - 2/16/2015
Info:Founded and run by professional writers, the SCWC provides veteran and emerging talent with authoritative feedback to help distinguish those manuscripts that are ready for market consideration. The conference facilitates some $4 million worth of first-time authors’ book and screen deals. With extended one-on-one evaluation and dozens of interactive workshops, the SCWC is among the only conferences specifically tailored to provide comprehensive feedback on your work.
URL: Southern California Writers' Conference

Title: Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/27/2015 - 3/31/2015
Info:Mount Hermon creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for writers at every skill level, from unpublished to professional, and offers help to writers in a wide span of genres and in every phase of a writer's career.
URL: Mount Herman Christian Writers Conference

Title: Writing Costa Rica
State: Costa Rica
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/31/2015 - 2/7/2015
Info:Join us for an inspiring, relaxing retreat in Costa Rican paradise. Our group will be small and you will receive individual guidance on your writing. This workshop is perfect for all writers, whether this is your first foray into the wilds of creative writing or if your are a seasoned writer ready to expand and deepen your craft. The instructor, Clive Matson, draws on many years’ experience helping writers merge words with the power of their creative unconscious.
To register and for information on the workshop, contact Clive Matson: 510-654-6495, 510-508-5149,
URL: Writing Costa Rica

Title: 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival
State: Florida
Registration Due: 11/11/14
Conf. Dates:1/19/2015 - 1/24/2015
Info:A full week of poetry events in Delray Beach where Poetry is Alive! Workshops, readings, craft talks, interviews, one-on-one conferences, annual gala celebration, late night coffee house, and more. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and awards-winning poets. Faculty: Chard deNiord, Linda Gregerson, Thomas Lux, Maurice Manning, Molly Peacock, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith, Robert Wrigley. Special guest, Dan Gioia.
URL: 11th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

Title: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop
State: Florida
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/24/2015 - 2/4/2015
Info:The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, is known for warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction in small, intimate groups. The workshops are conducted based on Martha's and Maureen's experiences leading the Peripatetic over 20 years, as well as from years of teaching creative writing at New York University, The Writer's Voice, The New York Writers Workshop and other schools and colleges. Published authors and free-lance editors with substantial contacts in the publishing world, they've worked with many writers who have gone on to publish successfully. Ongoing dates.
URL: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop

Title: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
State: Louisiana
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/25/2015 - 3/29/2015
Info:The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival celebrates the literature and cultural heritage of New Orleans and hosts panels and events featuring artists from publishing, theater, film, culinary arts, and music.
URL: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Title: 26th Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration
State: Mississippi
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/27/2015 - 2/28/2015
Info:The NLCC has been called by official evaluators "Mississippi's most significant annual conference devoted to literature, history, film, and culture."Begun in 1990 by Copiah-Lincoln Community College and sponsored now by Copiah-Lincoln and Mississippi Department of Archives and History, with support of the Natchez National Historical Park, the Celebration annually presents a theme-based lecture series enhanced by films, field trips, workshops, exhibits, book signings, concerts, and discussions.
URL: 26th Annual Natchez Literary & Cinema Celebration

Title: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency
State: Nebraska
Registration Due: 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:7/1/2015 - 12/1/2015
Info:The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska, offers 2- to 8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers. Housing, studio space, $100/week stipend are provided.
URL: The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts

Title: Las Vegas Writers Conference
State: Nevada
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:4/23/2015 - 4/25/2015
Info:Join fellow writer's, agents, publishers, and marketing experts for a weekend of workshops focused on the publishing industry.
URL: Las Vegas Writers Conference

Title: Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway
State: New Jersey
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/16/2015 - 1/19/2015
Info:Advance your craft and energize your writing at the 22nd Annual Winter Getaway featuring Kim Addonizio and Stephen Dunn. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback and an encouraging community. Choose from fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting and poetry. Early registration discounts and scholarships available.
URL: Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway

Title: The Creativity Workshop
State: New York
Registration Due: 2/19/15
Conf. Dates:2/20/2015 - 2/23/2015
Info:The Creativity Workshop has helped writers of all genres jumpstart and renew their imagination. We will teach you ways to keep your writing fresh and exciting to you.
URL: The Creativity Workshop

Title: Unicorn Writers' Conference
State: New York
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/14/2015 - 3/14/2015
Info:As valuable for published authors as it is for beginners! This conference covers the total story from craft to career. Meet industry shot-callers, get one-on-one feedback and learn little-known insider secrets to acing every department of a publishing company!
Make connections and get feedback with dozens of opportunities for one-on-one face time with industry insiders, including:
• One-on-one manuscript reading and feed-back sessions with agents and editors
• Networking breakfast, lunch and dinner
• After-conference networking party
URL: Unicorn Writer's Conference

Title: Millay Colony for the Arts
State: New York
Registration Due: 10/1/14 and 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:4/1/2015 - 11/1/2015
Info:Millay Colony offers 2 week to 1 month residencies to those who go through our selection process. Residencies include room, studio, and meals at no cost to the writer.
URL: Millay Colony for the Arts

Title: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program
State: New York
Registration Due: March 15th, 2015
Conf. Dates:5/28/2015 - 9/22/2015
Info:Byrdcliffe's artist-in-residence program offers writers the opportunity to live and work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony for a period of 4 weeks. Private room and studio provided.
URL: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program

Title: Writers Boot Camp - The Asheville Christian Writers Conference
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/20/2015 - 2/22/2015
Info:Writers Boot Camp focuses writers on the basics both as a new writer and as an experienced writer. We encourage writers to look at their calling from God to be a writer and work with Him in the lead. Primary Faculty - Torry Martin, Bob Hostetler, Larry Leech, Cindy Sproles, Eddie Jones, Lori Hatcher, Allison Flexer, Denise Loock, Ann Tatlock, and Yvonne Lehman. For details on registration and schedule of classes visit:
URL: Writers Boot Camp

Title: Inhabiting Earth: Writing, Environment, and Sustainability
State: South Dakota
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/22/2015 - 3/24/2015
Info:An exploration on how writing intersects with agriculture, ecology, environmental design, and other walks of life to shape how we view the ways we live on earth today - and how we're preparing to live on it in the future. With featured guests Kristen Iversen and Vandana Shiva.
URL: Great Plains Writers' Conference

Title: The Windhover Writers' Festival
State: Texas
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/18/2015 - 2/20/2015
Info:The Windhover Writers’ Festival is hosted by the literary journal Windhover at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Each February the festival brings in featured presenters who give readings and lead workshops. In addition to the main events, the festival also features panels comprised of local, regional, and national writers sharing their poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Our goal is to create a space where writers of all levels can find encouragement and learn to be better writers. We are pleased to announce our 2015 roster of featured presenters. Larry Woiwode will deliver the 2015 George Nixon Memorial Lecture, and the roster also includes poet Tania Runyan, memoirist Addie Zierman, and musical guests Still on the Hill.
URL: The Windhover Writers' Festival

Title: Writer's Weekend At The Beach
State: Washington
Registration Due: 2/15/15
Conf. Dates:3/20/2015 - 3/22/2015
Info:Come experience Writer's Weekend at the Beach: workshops, writing time, mentoring, critique, contests. Further your writing and be encouraged and inspired as you continue your writing journey.
URL: Writer's Weekend At The Beach

Title: SPARKING CREATIVITY: Writing Workshops with Author Linda Oatman High
State: Various US locations
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:12/1/2014 - 1/31/2015
Info:Writing Workshops with Author Linda Oatman High, winner of the Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Fellowship 2014 and the 2012 Sunday Times EFG Short Story award. Corporate creativity sessions are available, as well as workshops for kids and adults of all ages at schools, libraries, and other venues! Contact Linda for more information on specific dates.
URL: Writing Workshops

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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